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boot something up

to start up a computer. She booted her computer up and started writing. Please go boot up your computer so we can get started.
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boot up

[of a computer] to begin operating; to start up one's computer. He turned on the computer and it booted up. Try to boot up again and see what happens.
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pull oneself up by one's (own) bootstraps

Fig. to improve or become a success by one's own efforts. If Sam had a little encouragement, he could pull himself up by his bootstraps. Given a chance, I'm sure I can pull myself up by my own bootstraps.
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boot up

to start a computer I have eight computers in my office and each one of them boots up differently.
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haul/pull yourself up by your bootstraps

to improve your situation by your own efforts without any help from other people My father pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become one of the richest men in the country.
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boot up

Start a computer, as in When you've booted up, it's best not to turn off the computer until you're done for the day . The term, dating from the late 1970s, was a shortening of bootstrap, another computer idiom referring to using one set of instructions to load another set of instructions. Also see log in.
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by one's bootstraps

see under pull oneself up.
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pull oneself up by the bootstraps

Succeed by one's own efforts, as in She was homeless for nearly two years, but she managed to pull herself up by the bootstraps. This expression alludes to pulling on high boots by means of the straps or loops attached to them at the top. [Early 1900s]
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boot up

v.
1. To cause some computer or similar device to start working and and prepare for operation: This program will boot up your disk drive automatically. My computer is so badly damaged that I can't even boot it up.
2. To start working and prepare for operation. Used of computers and related devices: My new computer boots up in less than 30 seconds.
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by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts.
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pull yourself up by your bootstraps

To succeed through hard work. Before zippers made getting into tall boots less of a chore, such footwear had leather attachments by which the wearer would pull them on (Western boots and some English riding dress boots still have them). Trying to raise yourself off the ground by pulling on your bootstraps sounds impossible . . . and it is (don't try it—you'll throw out your back). Therefore to pull yourself up by your bootstraps is to achieve your goals through as much hard work as levitating yourself would take.
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com/votes/ scroll to the 'Best Bootstrapped Startup' category and click your vote for Socialcast.
His expertise in the enterprise software marketplace and his keen understanding of how to grow a software company from a bootstrapped organization into an industry mainstay will be tremendous assets for Nimaya.
We are a small company that bootstrapped ourselves into existence with no venture financing and up until now, had to rely on our product revenues to drive research and other large projects.
Joseph Pompei, the inventor of the technology, and President of Holosonics, which bootstrapped itself to profitability purely through product sales.
This is exactly the type of deal we like to do, because they have bootstrapped their way to positive cash flow and have developed products, markets, and a number of operating prototypes.
Moskun and Grossman bootstrapped the company to profitability from their initial $10,000 investment.
Prior to today's funding, RightNow's management team bootstrapped the company using internally generated cash flow from operations.